Westminster brothers, ages 8 and 14, charged in burglary, theft of 2 rifles Boys are arrested at downtown gallery

February 14, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Two Westminster brothers, 8 and 14, are awaiting a juvenile hearing after they were arrested on charges of burglary, stealing two rifles and related offenses, police said.

The boys were arrested Wednesday afternoon after police were called to Ain't That A Frame, a downtown art gallery and framing shop where a burglary was reported in progress, said Lt. Randy Barnes, a Westminster police spokesman.

When police arrived about 3: 15 p.m., they found the boys being held by store employees, who reported seeing the 8-year-old walking from a storage area with a .22-caliber rifle protruding from his pants leg, Barnes said.

A female employee was injured while preventing the older boy from leaving, police said. The woman was treated at Carroll County General Hospital for a broken finger and released.

One of the owners of the shop told police that another .22-caliber rifle was missing and that four antique glass panes, each worth about $250, had been broken. The second rifle was recovered at the boys' home, police said.

Neither weapon was loaded, Barnes said.

The 8-year-old was charged with two counts of burglary, malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault, three counts of theft, possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm, Barnes said.

The teen-ager was charged with burglary, malicious destruction of property, assault, theft, possession of tobacco, possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm.

The brothers, who were not identified because of their age, were being held at Waxter Center, a Laurel detention facility for young offenders, Barnes said.

Pub Date: 2/14/97

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